The success of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War came about through men who were raised up by God for this special purpose. You must read and study the Declaration of Independence to feel its inspiration. You merely need to study history to recognize that a group of fledgling colonies defeating the world’s most powerful nation stemmed from a force greater than man. Where else in the world do we find a group of men together in one place at one time who possessed greater capacity and wisdom than the founding fathers—Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and others? But it was not to their own abilities that they gave the credit. They acknowledged Almighty God and were certain of the impossibility of their success without his help. Benjamin Franklin made an appeal for daily prayers in the Constitutional Convention. In that appeal he said, “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I believe without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the building of Babel.”
The Revolutionary War was fought for freedom from tyranny. Today we are fortunate to still live in a choice and promised land with many freedoms, but those freedoms have been under attack and are dwindling as we continue to give up more and more liberty for the illusion of more security. It was to remain free and blessed as long as its people remember the God who gave them life and this free land. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people,” John Adams famously announced in 1798. “It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
He was paraphrasing a line he’d written in 1776–“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue”–when the new nation was but a dangerous dream. Three years later, cousin Sam observed, “While the People are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their Virtue they will be ready to surrender their Liberties to the first external or internal Invader…. If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslavd [sic].”
The Adamses were echoing an idea so common among the Founding Fathers it was almost a cliche: only a virtuous people can live free. However they phrased it, whatever synonyms they used for “liberty” (including, impossibly enough, “government”) and “virtue” (including, logically enough, “Christianity”), the Founders insisted that liberty requires virtue. They were equally adamant that political slavery punishes immorality.
The Founders insisted that virtue sprang from religion–and by “religion,” they meant Biblical Christianity. Noah Webster, whose primers educated millions of Americans from the 1780s on, thought that “the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
George Washington knew something about defending liberty. And in his Farewell Address, he urged that we “with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” His nuanced “with caution” allows for the fact that some people who never darken a church’s doors behave like angels while others who attend weekly rival the Devil himself for wickedness. Hypocrites abound in this fallen world: politicians moan about the plight of the poor while raising taxes; labor unions supposedly fight for the working man while threatening “scabs” who take jobs without permission. Still, frauds seem to congregate disproportionately in the church, and that allows the reckless to dispute Washington’s wisdom. They often argue that virtue can be grounded in reason alone. Human reason is egregiously flawed. Two Pure Reasoners starting from the same premise can respectively arrive at a virtuous precept and one so evil even the most pragmatic politicians blanch. For instance, Pure Reasoners usually maintain that each person owns himself. From here, they could–and many do–reason their way to euthanasia and abortion.
Pure Reasoners must also deny history since it teaches that on the whole, a population preaching and practicing historic Christianity murders far fewer victims than an atheistic one. Compare the American and French revolutions: both occurred in the last quarter of the 18th century; both claimed liberty as a goal; they even included some of the same participants. But while America’s rebels relied on Divine Providence, France’s vehemently rejected Christianity and God Himself. Ditto for every communist regime since. Their atrocities shock the world as they systematically torture and slaughter their own people. And why not? Without an omniscient, righteous Judge and an afterlife in which He punishes sin, why practice virtue when wickedness affords so much more power? Besides, without a Creator endowing liberty, inalienable rights suddenly become alienable: governments that bestow rights can also revoke them.
We must remember that the family is the basic unit of a strong society. We are all part of God’s family; and as our Father, he expects us to build strong family units. It is in the family that the basic morality and righteousness should be taught that will keep America free. Each member of every family plays an important role in America. For several thousand years throughout this land the great fathers and mothers, the noble sons, the patriot sons, the choice daughters have forged America into what we have today.
It is America’s conscience that has preserved her. America is beautiful only when she is good, when children are laughing in her streets, and love abounds in her families. Without this conscience, civilization crumbles, as it has been doing the last several decades. We are all part of America’s future. Our job is to remember the lessons of the past, to patch up the mistakes and the sins of everything that has gone before. The place to start is within our own families; father covenanting with their creator to lead a happy family in righteousness and defending their lives and liberty. This is what will truly make America great again.
John Adams understood the potential of a righteous government when he wrote:
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible as their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. Every member would be obligated in conscience to temperance and frugality and industry, to justice and kindness and charity toward his fellowmen, and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God. In this commonwealth no man would impair his health with gluttony, drunkenness or lust. No man would sacrifice his precious time to cards or trifling with other mean amusements. No man would steal or lie or in any way defraud his neighbor, but would live in peace and good will toward all men. No man would blaspheme his Maker or profane his worship, but a rational and manly, a sincere and unaffected devotion would reign in the hearts of all men. What a utopia, what a paradise this region would be.”
Perhaps the Lord has sent a few of us who seek truth, liberty, and justice to defend it in these dire times. Just as Satan has used evil people to accomplish his designs in building a counterfeit kingdom, the Lord needs you and I in order to build his kingdom and that can only be accomplished on a foundation of liberty found in the U.S. constitution. We must defend it with all of our heart, might, mind and strength. With knowledge, training, and an understanding of how God works in the hearts of his children here on earth, let us obligate ourselves to temperance, to frugality, and to industry. Let us show justice, kindness, and charity toward our fellowmen. Let us demonstrate the love and reverence we should exhibit toward our Almighty God. Let us not trifle with the things that are holy to God.
Fifty-six men represented 2.5 million in 1776 to bring about a new nation that has literally blessed the whole world. That was one man to every 45,000. This is the time for you to be bold enough to stand up for what you believe, to let the world know that God still blesses this great land of America—if we will live righteously, according to that which he has commanded. We have thousands of brilliant, moral, and liberty-loving men and women willing to stand up for liberty. Let us remember again the lessons of the past, liberty can only be won with the aid of He who blessed us with it to begin with.
Chronological History of Events Related to the American Revolutionary War
Calvin Coolidge Address Before the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C. – “… As there were Fathers in our Republic so there were Mothers.”
The Treaty of Paris of 1783, Negotiated Between the United States and Great Britain, Ended the Revolutionary War and Recognized American Independence
George Washington to Officers: “the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter”
Francis Marion Rescues 200 American Prisoners from British Capture; None Will Join Him in Fighting for Freedom
Kate Moore Barry, the “Heroine of the Battle of Cowpens”, Rides Through the Back Trails of South Carolina to Warn of Approaching British Troops
John Paul Jones Refuses to Surrender to the British on his Sinking Ship: “I have not yet begun to fight!”
George Washington’s Speech to the Delaware Chiefs: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”